Crystal Crisis

Nicalis

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
77
Top Critic Average
55%
Critics Recommend
Based on 11 critic reviews
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Crystal Crisis

Rating Summary

Based on 11 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

55%

Critics Recommend

Based on 11 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchMay 28, 2019

Developer: Nicalis

Genres: Arcade, Fighting, Puzzle

"An all-star cast of heroes has gathered to test their mettle in Crystal Crisis, a cute and chaotic new color-matching combat game for Nintendo Switch. Crystal Crisis is presented like a one-on-one fighting game, but instead of pressing buttons to kick and punch, players arrange falling gems into matching colors to clear them from the screen and inflict damage on their opponents. It’s the ultimate puzzle battle throwdown! Optional “Colorblind Mode” makes gems easier to distinguish for players with color blindness. Pre-order your physical copy today to get free bonus goodies: a full-color instruction booklet and a transforming Crystal Cluster for fidgety fingers!" - 19 unique playable characters, including Quote and Curly Brace from Cave Story, Isaac from The Binding of Isaac, Astro Boy and Black Jack from Tezuka Productions and many more. - Each character has his or her own stage, musical theme, unique special attacks, and voice-acted exclamations. - Build up your "Burst" Gauge with repeated combos to unleash more powerful attacks. - Local and online multiplayer options to play against friends, family members, or challengers worldwide. Multiple single-player game modes, including arcade, survival mode, Tag team, and training mode. - Wrap-around feature allows you to move falling pieces beyond the edge of the wall to reappear on the other side. Colorblind Mode makes gems easier to distinguish for players with color blindness.

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Outside of those pesky load times, it's hard to find fault with Crystal Crisis. This is just a well-made game, a genuinely fun puzzler that challenges players to imagine new strategies with every character they try. And with memory mode beckoning me to play again and again, I don't imagine I'll be taking up any of the other Switch puzzle games for a long, long time.

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Nicalis' marriage of puzzle and fighting game elements in the fan service-heavy Crystal Crisis coalesces in a largely satisfying experience. While the roster can feel unbalanced, loading times can be long and the story mode feels trite, the overarching, nuanced gameplay will keep players strategizing and returning to Crystal Crisis time and time again.

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Crystal Crisis isn't going to dethrone the kings of the falling block genre anytime soon. It's a solid puzzler with a heart of gold, but it doesn't have the decades of improvements that its peers have. With a solid amount of content, an amazing cast of characters and fantastic presentation, though, we recommend this as a fun alternative if you tire of Tetris 99.

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Crystal Crisis is a decent puzzle fighter that ultimately suffers due to bad pacing and lackluster capitalization of its premise.

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